Yes, it was the day after a party. You know...that kind of party where you wake up the next day really hungry and realize maybe that's because it's already afternoon? I wanted food, but it had to be light and filling at the same time. Sausage and Orange Mini-Popovers
I don't do the drink and party thing a lot (stop laughing, I'm serious.) But, we were out-of-town and it was the holidays, so no driving and no real adult responsibilities - ya take 'em when ya can get 'em. We were staying with my husband's parents in Chicago and both of them had left for work that day. "We could go out for breakfast," offered my adorable hubby. But then I looked out the window at Chicago's 8 degree weather:
I had just recently downloaded this sweet little application onto my iPhone; Michael Ruhlman's RATIO. In my blurry-eyed waking, I flipped through a few of the ratios for ideas of something I could throw together and landed on Popovers. I knew my Mother-in-law, who is a wonderful cook, would have a muffin tin even if she didn't have a "made for popover" pan.
When I opened up the fridge for the required eggs, etc. I spied the delicious leftover Sausage and Peppers that she had made for dinner the night before last and some fresh orange juice.
My thinking went like this:
I love orange sauce with pork, my husband loves sausages for breakfast; why not Sausage Popovers with an orange juice (instead of milk) base?
I ended up using the mini-tins (I have a thing for small food, what a caterer-head I am), and they were perfect for keeping it easy to pick up and nibble while reading the paper, checking emails, etc.
I may try the ratio again, but add more fat content like most popover recipes contain. Without the cream that would've been in the milk and a little more fat, it was missing some of the "over the top pop", but were scrumptious regardless - according to my sweet hubby.
I'm actually more of a vegetable, grains and fruit person than a meat person, but when we visit Chicago I end up eating more meat in a few days than in a few months at home in California. A few hours after our Sausage Orange Popovers it started snowing again.
So what did we do? Went to Michael's Hotdogs in Highland Park (north of Chicago) and wolfed down cheese fries and Chicago Dogs like we had not eaten in days.
Then, spent the rest of the afternoon in the Museum of Science and Industry.
Now that we've returned home, guess I'll be checking those ratios for how to make food using only water until I can lose these "holiday handles". Yeah right, who am I kidding?
RECIPE: SAUSAGE AND ORANGE POP-OVERS
(I wanted to make only a few, so increase if needed)
1/2 cup orange juice
scant 1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup chopped fine, fully cooked spicy sausage
1 Tbl. melted butter for pan
In a bowl, beat egg with orange juice, salt and pepper.
Add flour and sausage; mix well.
Drizzle melted butter into mini muffin tin (makes about 8)
Pour about 3/4 full into 8 places in muffin tin.
Cook in preheated oven at 450F for 5 minutes, reduce to 325F - cook for 15 minutes.